Elizabeth Sundlie Worthley of Glenville, age 102, died of natural causes on July 18 in the comfort of her own home and surrounded with the love of her family.
She was the only child of Thorwald and Helen (Fogle) Sundlie. She was raised in Lowell, Springfield, Worcester, and Boston, MA.
She graduated from Bates College in the class of 1942 with a degree in Biology. She worked for many years as a secretary for an insurance company, a physician's office, and her church in Boston, and a retirement community in Florida.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband Rev. Herbert Worthley, son-in-law Berkeley Ellis Jr., and dearest friend Dorothy Showstead.
She is survived by her loving family consisting of daughter Jean Buchanan Ellis of Glenville, son Douglas (Judy) Buchanan of Rockland, MA, grandchildren Frederick (Amanda) Buchanan of Apple Valley, CA, Laura (Stuart) Piltch of Portland, ME, Berkeley (Heather) Ellis 3rd of Glenville, and Meredith (Thomas) Viglas of Weymouth, MA. Also remembering her with love are her great-grandchildren Jack and Max Ellis, Skyler and Trevor Piltch, Victoria Viglas, Hailey and Addison Buchanan.
Beth traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Egypt, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. She was a member of the First Reformed Church of Scotia and its Circle Joanna, and a 64 year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was the keeper of our family history and shared stories of our ancestors; she traced our family tree back to the early 1700's, and knew names and birthdates of contemporary cousins and all their children.
She had a gentle way of guiding us on the right paths, and was a woman of strong faith and quiet strength. Beth will be missed by all who knew her. The family thanks her Hospice team and her friend/helper Kathy for their compassionate care.
On Monday, July 25, there will be a calling hour at 10 a.m. and a service at 11 a.m. at the Bekkering-Ellis Funeral Home, 1 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia. Burial will be private in Boston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scotia-Glenville Food Bank (P.O. Box 2360, Scotia NY 12302), the Backpack Program (First Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 North Ballston Avenue, Scotia NY 12302) or the Hospice Foundation (Gift Processing Center, 310 South Manning Blvd, Albany NY 12208).
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